STRATEGIES TO REDUCE DRIVER STRESS ON THE ROAD
Recognize the Hazards of Stress
BODY: Stress is the body’s way of responding to any kind of demand. It can be caused by both good and bad experiences. When people feel stressed by something going on around them, their bodies react by releasing chemicals into the bloodstream. Common reactions to stress include headaches, chest pain, stomach upset, fatigue, and sleep problems.
MOOD: Everyone experiences stress at some point in their lives. And while a certain amount of stress is normal, too much stress can take a toll on our mental and physical health.
How to Overcome Stress
One of the best ways to reduce stress is to get active. Ride a bike, go on a hike, walk around the block, or jog. A fit body helps fight stress better. Exercise also allows the body to release endorphins, which help reduce stress and ward off anxiety and depression. When it comes to managing stress, it’s important to find an activity that you enjoy and that fits into your lifestyle.
REST AND PRACTICE RELAXATION
Sleep is essential for many reasons. It helps the body recover from physical exertion, supports the immune system, and allows the brain to process and consolidate information. However, sleep is also crucial for managing stress. When we are under stress, our bodies produce adrenaline and cortisol, which can interfere with sleep. As a result, it’s important to develop a pre-sleep routine that will help you wind down and get your body on a regular sleep schedule. When you have a long drive ahead of you, it is critical to get enough sleep the night before. When you are well-rested, you will be able to hit the road feeling great.
FEED YOUR BODY THE HEALTHY WAY
Eating healthy, well-balanced meals is essential for maintaining a healthy body. Just as a car needs the right fuel to run at its best, your body needs the right nutrients to function properly.
One health problem many CDL truck drivers face is that they are constantly eating fast food. When you are on the road for long periods of time, fast food may be your only option. Luckily, you can still take steps to eat healthier.
Instead of eating on the road, you can pack meals you keep in a cooler inside the truck. You can make your own sandwich or salad that contains plenty of vegetables. If you have to stop somewhere, then you should try eating some fruit instead of chips. When you eat healthily, you feel better, and you can better manage stress.
A Few Extra Tips
- Turn on Your Favorite Music or a Podcast
- Pre-Plan Your Route Well in Advance
- Practice Breathing Exercises
- Focus on What You Can Control
- Spend Time With Family and Friends
Stress-Free Job Openings at VTS Transportation Inc.
At VTS Transportation Inc, we understand that our truck drivers are the backbone of our company. Without them, we would not be able to provide the level of service that our clients have come to expect. That is why we are committed to supporting our drivers in every way possible. We offer competitive pay and benefits, and we always put safety first. We also understand that driving can be a stressful job, so we make it a priority to create a friendly and supportive environment. Our drivers are like family to us, and we want them to take care of both their physical and mental health. If you are interested in joining our team, please check out the open positions we have available. You can enjoy a rewarding career where your health comes first.